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don't tell anyone i told you this. the only reason they put the infrastructure piece and there is, if you follow the conversation around here, they the freedomto get caucus, whatever euphemism they were using for "crush the little guy." if you heard them, they would say, maybe domestic spending was on infrastructure. you have the code word that they were going to have something on infrastructure. we have designated -- i don't know how much of this is public -- how some of it will be spent is affected in some of what you have heard here about clean water, safe drinking water, for example. >> all of that briefing online at c-span.org. the u.s. has is gaveling in next with a current short-term funding measure, expiring at midnight. the house did its work the other day, passing that short-term cr
through march 23. today, the house will take up a regulation bill. awaiting the cr and to your budget deal. let's go to the house. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the prayer today will be offered by or chaun chap lane, father con-- our chaplain, father conroy. chaplain conroy: heavenly father, thank you for giving us another day. we thank you every day you give us to be here at the seat of government. bless the work of all the men and women who represent the people of the united states. fill them with wisdom and dmbings good will that they -- and good will that they might work together for the betterment of our country. may all be their best to serve the noble ends of government, the welfare of all men and
women. may all that is done this day be for your greater honor and glory. amen. the speaker pro tempore: the chair has examined the journal of the last day's proceedings and announces to the house his approval thereof. pursuant to clause 1 of rule 1 the journal stands approved. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. poe: mr. speaker, pursuant to clause 1, rule 1, i demand on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. the speaker pro tempore: the question is on agreeing to the speaker's approval of the journal. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. the ayes have it. the journal stands approved. mr. poe: mr. speaker, i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. the pledge of allegiance will be led by the gentleman from new york, mr. zeldin. mr. zeldin: i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will now entertain up to
15 requests for one-minute speeches on each side. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. poe: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. poe: mr. speaker, this year started with thousands of iranians, including many young people taking to the streets in opposition to the corrupt regime of the muleas in iran. -- mullahs in iran. they face imprisonment and execution simply because they want freedom of expression and disagree with the iranian government. protests in over a hundred cities have been silenced by thugs. the government has shut down the internet and social media. so the united states should stand with the iranian people to see to it iranians have access of social media through satellite communication. ians with the iran freedom of speech, they will
know how they persecute their own people. hopefully the people will remove this dictatorship. after all, isn't that what -- about? all of and that's just the way it is. the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman rise? >> to address the house for one minute. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to ecognize my constituent, ms. fullfort, founder of the butterfly project in riverhead. in 2014, she set out to establish a free program to provide young girls with are the tools they need to achieve self-confident futures in hopes of bringing forth a generation of strong, independent, and knowledgeable women. mr. zeldin: this program has grown from four to 108 young girls with an ever-growing wait list. these are girls who are empowered with the resources necessary to secure a
prosperous future for themselves and their families. through financial, educational, emotional and career support, the butterfly support project is building community investment and curtailing the effects of mobility limitations. with two locations, the butterfly project is having such a positive effect on young girls from riverhead, flanders, shirley, bellport, westhampton, west islip. the butterfly effect has provided invaluable service to our community. i applaud ms. fullfort, looking to witness the growth of her organization and the bright future of so many young women it supports. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? >> request unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one inute. >> mr. speaker, donald trump's mantra is no collusion. he says this constantly because he wants people to think
collusion, a hard thing to prove, is the only question in the russia investigation. it's not. even putting aside the mounting evidence that trump did collude with russia, there is an equally serious question of obstruction of justice and for that the evidence is overwhelming. . huffman: trump's obstruction is a pledge from the f.b.i. director, telling director comey to drop the flynn investigation, asking the d.n.i. and c.i.a. directors to lean on comey to drop the investigation, firing comey when he continued the investigation, admitting on national tv that the firing was because of the russia investigation, admitting essentially the same thing to top russian officials in a white house meeting, drafting a deliberately misleading statement for his son about the infamous trump tower meeting, attempting to fire special counsel mueller, and most recently, this ham-handed choreography with chairman nunes to undermine all the
investigations and attempt to set up the argument we should drop the russia investigation and start investigating the investigators. that's just the greatest hits of obstruction volume 1. there's a lot more to come, mr. speaker. but for now i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. members are reminded to refrain from engaging in penalties toward the president. for what purpose does the gentleman from pennsylvania seek recognition? >> i ask unanimous consent to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i rise today to recognize some real-life superheroes in my district in bucks county, pennsylvania. mr. fitzpatrick: students from brookwood, mill creek elementary schools collected thousands of cans of canned soups, dressed as superheroes and delivered it to the food pantry in levintown. mill creek collected 5, 081 pounds of soup. brookwood collected 3,061 pounds and keystone collected
1,016 pounds of cans to help those in need. mr. speaker, i am so inspired by these outstanding young members of our community who at a young age are already working hard to help people around them in need and make their community a stronger and a better place. i know we can all learn something from these boys and girls, and i encourage every schools in bucks and montgomery counties to follow the lead of these three schools and find new and fun ways to help those who are in need. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from texas seek recognition? the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. ms. jackson lee: as schoolchildren arise across america to go to a place of work for them but a place of joy of learning, i rise today to reinforce the importance of education in the state of texas, and i am asking and the
texas education administrator, along with the governor of the state of texas, will be receiving letters, a letter from me reaffirming the plea of local officials, both governmental and educational officials, to give texas schoolchildren because of the devastation of hurricane harvey, a waiver for two years for them to be able to improve their scores and to keep the schools open that the parents and communities want to have open. many of my school districts, seven of which i represent, have been faced the tragedy of hurricane harvey. the displacement and relocation of their children. the devastation of their schools, including the houston independent school district. it has historic schools. and so my plea is this is likewise a federal issue. i was a strong supporter of the success act. we look at different elements other than testing. let's look at the wholeistic aspect of the schoolchildren -- holistic aspect of schoolchildren. let's understand hurricane harvey. let's fix the schools and keep them open. that's my fight. that's my commitment. i yield back.
the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from utah seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, i want to congratulate all 243 united states athletes that are secured qualification for the upcoming pyeongchang winter olympic games. i'm proud to say 15 of these olympians come from my home state of utah. mr. stewart: through their talent, hard work and dedication i am proud they will represent utah and in fact the entire united states very well. these individuals come from all walks of life. some of them are in the middle of their professional careers. some are students. many of them are parents. together, these individuals were able to showcase their immense strength and skill through unparalleled determination. all those olympians are not guaranteed success or a medal, it doesn't prevent them from doing what they love to do. we should all look to these athletes for inspiration to become better, to become stronger and more dedicated to reaching our goals, even when we know it's tough. i wish these athletes good luck in the upcoming events and thank them for their
representing the united states and the great state of utah. as we watch the olympics, all of us look forward to hearing our national anthem played and u.s.a., hem chanting u.s.a. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from tennessee seek recognition? >> to address the house for one minute and to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the gentleman is recognized. mr. duncan: i send my first paycheck, $19 and some-odd cents to the berry goldwater campaign. i was 16 years old. i have been involved in almost every major republican campaign in my state and nationally since then. but the republican party i grew up in was the fiscally conservative party. i wish it still was. but we will pass a spending bill today that is everything but fiscally conservative. our national debt is now over $20 trillion. this bill will speed us down the road to $30 trillion. our deficit last year was $660 billion. this bill will make it even higher this year.
there is nothing fiscally conservative about this bill. spending was already going up. now we are busting the budget caps and adding another $300 billion more. anyone who supports this bill cannot accurately say they are fiscally conservative. it is very sad to me that the republican party i love is now going along to get along and spending many, many billions that we simply do not have. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from alabama seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman is recognized for one minute. >> mr. speaker, congress faces a debt junkie spending bill that risks an american bankruptcy that threatens the dissolution of our military. that's why i join both who identified america's debt as our greatest national security threat. america must learn from puerto rico which suffered a debt default in 2016 that destroyed its economy and forced it to
fire public sector workers, raise sales taxes to a record 11% and close over 100 schools. mr. brooks: worse yet, they lacked the resources to protect itself from known hurricane risk like that of hurricane maria. mr. speaker, debt junkies don't care one twit about america's bankruptcy risk. i do. that is why today i will vote against their financially irresponsible spending bill that will likely trigger a trillion-dollar deficit this year. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentlelady from georgia seek recognition? the gentlelady is recognized for one minute. mrs. handel: i rise to congratulate the state champion football program at blessed trinity high school. under the leadership of tim macfarland, the titans finished with just two losses to get their first championship.
the 4-a class in georgia is one tough grouping and i congratulate are the other teams in this bracket for their efforts as well. but with the outstanding leadership and mentorship of coach macfarland, the titans did prevail. last week was also catholic schools week. i had the pleasure of visiting blessed trinity catholic school and during my time i included time with the a.p. government students as well as team in their stem program. my thanks to principal brian marks and all of the students and faculty there for a terrific visit and for being such a great part of the community in the sixth district with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady yields back. pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the house in recess for a period of less than 15 minutes.
in a few minutes for a couple of votes on bills debated yesterday and earlier in the week. we will have live coverage, of course, when they gavel in. until then the comments from president trump this morning at the national prayer breakfast. president trump: it's an honor to be with so many faith leaders, members of congress and dignitaries from all around the world as we continue this extraordinary